Protestant Christianity in America has shaped citizen’s lives since the nation’s founding. This claim is supported by actions of past Presidents, a general consensus of American citizens, and the intertwining of the American identity with a religious identity. This study aims to show how Protestant Christianity affected the way Americans viewed certain phenomena during the Cold War. The Lavender Scare is the first case I study, applying Stephan and Stephan’s Integrated Threat Theory of Prejudice to how Americans and leaders within the United States government associated homosexuality with communism. I then explore the decisions behind America’s involvement in the Iran-Iraq War, and use Constructivism to show that countries with shared values and goals cooperate at a higher capacity than nations who do not.


N'Diaye, Boubacar

Second Advisor

Park, Chan Sok


Religious Studies; Political Science

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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